A colleague of mine is about to start work on a Wild West film. For one of the props he bought this water bottle, a classic western trope:


The only problem is that it’s a bit modern and clean looking. So I offered to dirty it up for him. I did this in the same way that I would do a model, just with different placement.

I used the following weathering powders available from Forge World:


I mostly used the aged rust, and with an old brush I dropped this into the recesses.

I then ‘fixed’ the weathering powders with some white spirit. Now, this is a bit of a misnomer as it doesn’t completely prevent them from coming up, but it does improve the consistency. Just place a brush loaded with white spirit next to the powders and the liquid will run into them. Then leave it to dry.

Once dry I repeated the process with a little medium earth. I used less than with the rust, just to provide some contrast. Then the third step was a little dark Iron to break up the metal parts.


Once the white spirit had dried – I’d probably leave it about 24 hours just to be on the safe side – I sealed the entire thing with a matt varnish spray. For this I used Testors Dull Coat.

Have a look at the finished piece:


Something a little bit different, but the techniques can be used on anything really.

Thanks for reading, and feel free to ask for advice on how to do this for your own stuff.